BASEL, Switzerland —
Every year thousands of people from all over the world travel to Basel, Switzerland, to see one of the largest displays of Military Drill and Ceremony in the world. This year the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus was invited to join Military, Police, and Civilian groups from Europe, North America, and Africa in an incredible display of international cooperation and friendship.
Tattoos offer a unique opportunity for people to share their culture with the world, and Basel was no exception. The Swiss Army Central Band showcased an outstanding alpine horn soloist. The German Bundeswehr’s Heerismusikkorps Ulm displayed classical virtuosity that repeatedly brought a crowd of thousands to hushed attention. The Banda Monumental De Mexico electrified the audience with an energetic brass band, and the Military Band of Ukraine surprised everyone with an impromptu boxing match.
Among all of these nations, what separates the United States is our multicultural heritage. The U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus has members from Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Benin, Kenya, Brazil, and many other places, who have all come together as Americans. The band brought these influences to bear in a show that combined traditional precision marching with upbeat popular music and African-influenced jazz fusion. In a surprise finale, the Kilgore College Rangerettes joined the band and brought a flair of Americana like only Texans can.
Uniting performers from all of these nations serves to remind the world that we are stronger together than we are apart. The U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus is proud to represent the U.S. Army Europe and provide a visible symbol of U.S. commitment to the region and our European Allies.